In the loop

Those interested learning more about Hawaiian feather work can attend a free demonstration or choose from several workshops at the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao. Photo courtesy Hui

Feather work focus of Hui art program

The Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center invites the community to learn about the art of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian feather work through its Art with Aloha program this month.

Artist Mele Kahalepuna Chun will offer a free talk story and demonstration from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Makawao arts center. Chun started learning feather work at age 5 from her tutu, “Aunty” Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Wentworth Peck Kekuewa — a renowned feather lei master — and today carries on her family legacy by educating the community in traditional Hawaiian feather work including lei and kahili making.

The Hui’s Art with Aloha program will also present three workshops with “Aunty Mele.”

Kahili Pa’alima Workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11. Kahili are royal feather standards and traditional symbols of the Hawaiian ali’i, or royalty. In this short workshop, students will work with feathers to create a very small hand-held kahili-a kahili pa’alima. Tuition and supply fee is $70.

Lei Hulu Workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12. Chun will share the history of feather lei making in Hawaii and will help students to begin creating their own. Tuition and supply fee is $110.

Kahili Pa’alima Workshop: Family Style! for children ages 7 and older with a parent or guardian will be from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 13. Children accompanied by a participating adult guardian will work together to create a small feather kahili-a kahili pa’alima. Tuition and supply fee is $55 per person.

Participants must register for workshops in advance by visiting or calling 572-6560.

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Maui Open Studios deadline Monday

Artists interested in participating in the seventh annual Maui Open Studios Event in February can still register, as the deadline has been extended to midnight on Monday.

All artists working in any visual medium and at any level of their career are invited to participate in the event in which artists and artisans open their studios and exhibition spaces to show and sell their work to the public as well as talk story, connect and inspire visitors through one-on-one interactions and in some cases, live demonstrations. The event occurs over four weekends in February and is free to the public.

Since its inception, the event each year has featured more than 80 artists and generated $100,000 in art sales made directly between art collectors and artists.

For more information, visit

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Host families sought for visiting artists

The Maui Arts League is seeking host families for the prestigious artists planning to travel to Hawaii in February for the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational.

Each year, Maui residents provide lodging for 26 famous artists and bring all the benefits of fine art into their communities, and organizers still have several openings available for host families. For Mainland artists, an invitation to the weeklong Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is an honor but also costly for travel.

“Our artists are working every day from morning until late in the evening. Hosts provide a quiet sleeping room and bathroom, but are not required to offer any meals or transportation,” says Lois Reiswig, Maui Arts League president. “The artists are very grateful for a place to stay.”

The 2017 event, from Feb. 17 to 26, will feature local artists as well as returning prize-winning artists and others experienced in the plein air style.

For more information on the artists, visit

Residents who would like to house an artist traveling to Maui for the event can call Reiswig at 665-1491 or email